Trail Name: Red Canyon Loop
Best Use: Mountain Biking, Trail Running
Best Time for Use: Spring, Summer, Fall- avoid wet conditions.
Difficulty: Mountain Biking – Beginner to intermediate
Length: 13.5 miles (21.8 km)from trailhead
Start Elevation: 4,800ft (1,463 m)
Maximum Elev Gain from Start Elev: 2309 ft (704 m)
Trail Surface and Use: Seasonally graded and lightly used 2-track
Trail Head Access: Suitable for 2WD auto. Cross the Dolores River just off Hwy 141 approx. 27 miles south of Gateway. Park on the opposite side from the highway.
Trail Head Coordinates: 689,938 E, 4,255,428 N UTM WGS84 Zone 13
Best Feature: The Red Canyon trail is also known as the Radium Trail because of all the uranium ore carried down from the mines that are in this area. The trail offers a relatively easy gradient as it climbs this visually stunning canyon. With a difficult but short hike a bike section near the top, riders will be rewarded with a grand vista of the entire Paradox Valley over 1,500 ft (457 m) below.
Caution: No water is available. The Red Canyon loop should be ridden when conditions are dry. All trails in the West End can become impassable if wet conditions are present.